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Acu-Detox is a simple auricular acupuncture technique currently utilized in over 1000 treatment programs in the United States and abroad.  Clinical evidence supports its use in reducing symptoms associated with addictions and withdrawal to substance abuse of drugs, alcohol, smoking and food.  NADA, or National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, has been utilizing this protocol developed by Michael Smith,MD for over 30 years with remarkable results.  Research indicates that along with reduced cravings, clients also report reduced anxiety, better sleep, immediate calming, and improvement in physical, mental and emotional outlook.  Acu-Detox is the foundation to recovery...it is the first step intervention...a "nada"-no-non-sense approach to re-balancing well-being and is applicable to many stress induced situations.   
Auricular acupuncture is done by placing thin, sterile needles in the ear at 5 desinated acupoints and are left in place for 30-45 minutes. As the needles begin to work, changes in energy flow may be noticed, a rapid onset of deep gratifying relaxation and an increase in personal trust and self-confidence toward healthy changes.  The effects often lasts for days and be supported by adjunct therapies, magnetic ear beads, reflexology and bodywork. 

Acupuncture is a holistic therapy that has been used for over 5,000 years in China. It is still frequently the treatment of choice for more than one-third of the world's population. The philosophy of this therapy is based on energy, often referred to as "Qi", or the essence of life. This energy applies to all things however large or small, from the universe to an atom or living cell. It describes an interrelationship, as each part communicates and is interconnected to the whole. This Eastern medical model represents a complex interpretation of mind/body health and organ function beyond that of anatomical structure.  It is thought that this network of energy flows through the body in specific channels called "meridians" and can be evaluated through "acupoints" on the skin surface. These meridians and acupoints can give information about energy circulation and relating internal body functioning. Stress, illness, and injury can cause imbalance in the system, affecting energy flow, organ function, and general well-being. When energy can flow without obstruction, the body experiences vibrant health, mental clarity, and emotional calm. Acupuncture is an art and a science, directed toward rebalancing a optimizing personal energy flow to aid health and healing.

Auricular Acupuncture can be beneficial for:
-  Pain relief
-  Respiratory conditions
-  Gynecological imbalance, PMS, menopause, fertlity
-  Food cravings (especially carbs and sugar)
-  Digestive upsets & eating disorders
-  Autoimmune and inflammatory conditions
-  Sports injuries
-  Stress, anxiety, tension
-  Cravings for alcohol, drugs, and nicotine
-  Insomnia
-  Anger, irritability, mood swings
-  Depression, sadness
-  PTSD,trauma recovery (post-trauma stress disorder)
-  Internet addiction